Room for compromise with teachers NS premier says after meeting union head

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier says there’s “room for us to compromise” in his government’s showdown with the province’s teachers union over education reforms.“We have certain objectives, they have certain objectives,” Premier Stephen McNeil said after a meeting Monday with Liette Doucet, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.“We won’t agree on everything but I believe there is definitely room for us to compromise, so I said we would meet again.”Doucet agreed the discussion was positive, in that both sides are willing to continue talking. There was no immediate word on when the next meeting would be.“We want to make changes in the classroom and we want to make sure the changes are positive for our students, said Doucet. “We really need to work together to develop trust with the government and that’s what we are looking to do.”In a vote last week, more than 80 per cent of teachers endorsed strike action to protest the province’s decision to largely endorse reforms contained in a report by consultant Avis Glaze, including the removal of 1,000 principals, vice-principals and supervisors from the union.The Glaze report also recommends eliminating the province’s seven English-language school boards and creating a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the teaching profession.Any strike would be illegal — and teachers could face fines of up to $1,000 a day.McNeil said he met alone with Doucet and discussed point-by-point all of Glaze’s 22 recommendations.McNeil said the government intends to pass legislation this spring based on the Glaze report, but it wouldn’t be introducing a bill when the house reconvenes Tuesday. The premier said he doesn’t know when a bill might come.Doucet wouldn’t say whether teachers would strike if the legislation includes the removal of school administrators from the union.“We have to wait and see what the legislation says,” said Doucet.McNeil said his discussion with Doucet also touched on an upcoming report on classroom inclusion.Classroom composition, and inclusion of students with special needs, was a major issue that was seldom discussed publicly during a 16-month contract dispute that saw teachers walk off the job for a day and stage a protest outside the provincial legislature one year ago.The Liberals eventually passed legislation which imposed a contract and also ended a work-to-rule job action.McNeil said the report would be an opportunity to signal to teachers that the government is serious about providing classroom support.“That’s the report (inclusion) that is important to me,” he said. “Our budget will reflect a commitment to this report even though we haven’t seen the final product.”Monday’s talks followed a meeting Friday between Doucet and Education Minister Zach Churchill.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson gushes about her love for Julian Assange

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Relationship status: it’s complicated.Amidst the dating rumours, actress Pamela Anderson has declared her “love” for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but she remains vague. “My relationship with Julian — it’s no secret, he is one of my favourite people,” she wrote on Thursday in a post titled “Skavlan, Sweden.”The 49-year-old Baywatch star said she was introduced to Assange, 45, through British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, calling it a match “made in heaven, and hell, depending on the vantage point.” Advertisement Advertisement Facebook “I’m also not shocked that this may be interpreted, and ‘reduced’ to just a ‘sexual relationship,’ ” she continued. “That is the easiest perception. And appeals to the tabloids.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Announcing the Top 10 contenders in the Cogeco Fund Audience Choice Award

first_imgThere are a total of four (4) voting periods during which you may vote.Voting Period 1: Wednesday 1/17 1pm ET – Monday 2/5 11:59:59pm ET Only Online Voting with 10 Nominees  + Write-InHold tight while we tally your votes!Voting Period 2: Friday 2/9 1pm ET – Tuesday 2/20 11:59:59pm ET Online Voting + Social Voting with Final 10 nomineesVote tallying.Voting Period 3: Friday 2/23 1pm ET – Tuesday 2/27 11:59:59pm ET Online Voting + Social Voting with Final 5 nomineesVote tallying!Voting Period 4: Friday 3/2 1pm ET – Sunday 3/11 8:30pm Online Voting + Social Voting with Final 3 nominees LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION .WHEN TO VOTE Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Twitter ANNOUNCING YOUR TOP 10 It’s that time of year again!Time to vote in your favourite Canadian working in film, television or digital media.The voting process has changed this year – be sure to read ahead. Advertisementlast_img read more

BC Hydro will resume Site C debris burning

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  BC Hydro will be burning debris, dependent upon appropriate venting conditions, as part of their reservoir clearing work.Areas burning will be taking place at, include;The north bank of the Peace River near the Cache Creek areaAlong the transmission line corridor south of the Peace River.In the Moberly River drainageBurning is slated for today, Thursday, February 28th. BC Hydro shares the Site C project includes an 83-kilometre reservoir that will be about two-to-three times the width of the current river. This reservoir will extend west from the Site C dam site to Hudson’s Hope.Filling the reservoir is one of the last construction activities to take place, the reservoir area needs to be cleared of trees and vegetation in order to prepare for river diversion in 2020, Highway 29 realignment, and other activities.For a complete outline on the clear and burn procedure; CLICK HERElast_img read more

ArabAmerican says hotel evicted him because of ethnicity

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Jordanian-American is suing a Florida hotel after he says he and his fiancée were kicked out because he is of Arab descent.The Miami Herald reports that Rami Ziyadat of Chicago filed suit against The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach.Ziyadat in his lawsuit says that on May 24 a hotel employee noticed Arabic words tattooed on his forearm and called security, telling Ziyadat he didn’t look like he belonged there. He said a manager apologized but an hour later came to the couple’s room with security officers and evicted them.The Westin declined comment, issuing a statement saying “diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of our culture.”___Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.comThe Associated Press

Update on the latest in business

^FINANCIAL MARKETSAsian markets mixed, pausing ahead of Fed chief testimonyTOKYO (AP) — Asian shares are mixed today in cautious trading ahead of closely watched congressional testimony by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 finished nearly 0.2% lower. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.4%. South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.3%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.3%, while the Shanghai Composite fell 0.5%.Yesterday on Wall Street, the S&P 500 rose 3.68 points, or 0.1%, to 2,979.63. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 22.65 points, or 0.1%, to 26,783.49. The Nasdaq composite, which is heavily weighted with technology companies, gained 43.35 points, or 0.5%, to 8,141.73. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks added 1.20 points, or 0.1%, to 1,562.59.^FEDERAL RESERVE-POWELLPowell testimony to be studied for signs of coming rate cutWASHINGTON (AP) — Every sentence Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks to Congress this week is sure to be parsed by investors who expect — and hope — the Fed will cut interest rates later this month for the first time in a decade.Powell will testify for two days starting today, at a time when the economic landscape is a mixed one: The U.S. job market appears resilient. Consumer spending and home sales look solid. But the economy is likely slowing. President Donald Trump’s trade wars have magnified uncertainties. And inflation remains chronically below the Fed’s target level.Powell and the Fed have recently made clear they will do whatever they deem “appropriate” to sustain the economic expansion — a message that traders have interpreted to mean a coming rate cut.^HEALTH OVERHAUL-LAWSUITValidity of Obama health care law at issue in appeal hearingNEW ORLEANS (AP) — With health insurance availability, cost and coverage on the line for millions of Americans, a federal appeals court seemed inclined Tuesday to rule that the core provision of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is unconstitutional.Two Republican-appointed judges on a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals peppered lawyers defending the law with skeptical questions, appearing to suggest they might hold that when Congress zeroed out a tax imposed by the law in 2017 it rendered unconstitutional the mandate to purchase health insurance.The hearing marked the latest development in a 2018 lawsuit by 18 Republican-leaning states claiming that the absence of a tax converts the law into an unconstitutional directive to U.S. citizens to buy a product.It was unclear when the panel would rule. The case is likely headed to the Supreme Court, where the same five-justice majority that has twice voted to uphold the law — in 2012 and 2015.^JAPAN-SKOREA TRADESKorean leader denounces Japanese comments over sanctionsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in has criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul’s sanctions against North Korea while justifying Tokyo’s stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea.The issue has become a full-blown diplomatic dispute between the neighbouring U.S. allies.In a meeting with business leaders today, Moon said Seoul was committed to finding a diplomatic solution and urged Japan to refrain from pushing the situation to a “dead-end street.”He spoke hours after South Korean officials told a WTO meeting in Geneva that the Japanese measures would have repercussions for electronics products worldwide and called for their withdrawal. Japanese officials countered that the measures didn’t amount to a trade embargo, but rather a review of export controls based on security concerns.^MARRIOTT-RESORT FEESDC sues Marriott, claims resort fees are deceptiveWASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for the District of Columbia is suing Marriott, saying it’s misleading customers by advertising room rates without including mandatory resort fees.The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court after an investigation conducted by all 50 state attorneys general.According to the lawsuit, Marriott doesn’t include mandatory resort fees in the room rates it displays online. Consumers only discover the fees after they begin to book a room. They may also be called “amenity fees” or “destination fees.”The lawsuit says at least 189 Marriott hotels worldwide charge the fees, which range from $9 to $95 per day. It’s seeking a court order to require Marriott to advertise the fees up front.Marriott says it doesn’t comment on pending litigation but is continuing its discussions with other state attorneys general.^AMAZON-PRODUCT LIABILITYFederal court says Amazon can be sued over defective productPHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that Amazon can be sued over a defective product sold by one of its third-party vendors.A Pennsylvania woman sued after a retractable dog leash she bought online snapped and hit her four years ago, leaving her permanently blind in one eye.In a 2-1 decision released last week, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Amazon can be classified as a seller in part because it doesn’t allow customers to communicate directly with third-party vendors.The court also said a 1990s federal law governing the publishing of third-party content doesn’t shield Amazon from liability.The dissenting judge called it an “uncharted area of law” and noted that numerous rulings in other states have barred consumers from suing Amazon for liability.^FRIENDS-NETFLIX AT&T SERVICEAT&T pulls ‘Friends’ from Netflix for its streaming serviceNEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is pulling “Friends” from Netflix to beef up its own upcoming streaming service. With new services launching, popular shows are splintering onto several different platforms.The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, also says its service will be called HBO Max.It will launch in spring of 2020. As the name suggests, it will contain HBO content, other video from the Warner Bros. studio and new series and movies that are exclusive to the service. AT&T has not announced a price.^EUROPE-HELLO KITTY-ANTITRUSTEU fines Hello Kitty owner $7 million in antitrust rulingBRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities have fined the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty for restricting cross-border online sales of toys, mugs, bags and other products featuring the cartoon cat girl.The EU’s antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, says that Sanrio Co. was fined 6.2 million euros ($7 million) on Tuesday because the company violated the bloc’s competition rules with licensing agreements that banned traders from selling merchandise in different countries in the bloc.The commission found Sanrio’s illegal practices were in force for 11 years until December.Sanrio says the fine will be recorded as an extraordinary loss in its fiscal first quarter financial statement. The company says it has co-operated with the investigation.The Associated Press read more

UN agency moves first convoy of Chadian refugees to new camp in

As result of military action, insurgency and banditry, at least 13,000 Chadians have fled their homes and taken refuge inside Sudan since the beginning of the year, with around 5,000 refugees settled temporarily in Habila, southeast of the West Darfur capital of El Geneina, and most of them have indicated they want to be relocated to the new camp at Um Shalaya, which can receive 10,000 people.”Some 3,000 of the refugees at Habila are living in a wadi, or dry riverbed, with no clean water, no sanitation and no proper shelter,” UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis said today in Geneva. “Priority will be given to some of the recent arrivals, particularly children, who are suffering the ill effects of not getting enough to eat.” A convoy of eight passenger trucks and one bus carried the first group of 494 refugees to the new camp, with a military escort provided by the African Union. Three additional trucks carried the refugees’ possessions and four trucks carried their donkeys, whose refusal to board had caused the convoy to leave three hours late.Together with the International Organization form Migration (IOM), UNHCR plans to organize three similar convoys per week to accommodate all those who wish to move. A rebel assault on the Chadian capital of capital N’Djamena in April further exacerbated insecurity along the border between Sudan and Chad. UNHCR reports that there are some additional 6,000 to 8,000 refugees in the border area northwest of El Geneina, spread among five makeshift camps and 25 host communities. “We plan to begin moving these refugees in two or three weeks, but we expect only about 30 per cent of them will want to go to the camp because most of them are staying with relatives or fellow tribe members,” Ms. Pagonis said.There are also as many as 7,000 Chadians in border areas of West Darfur who as yet cannot be contacted because of the continuing insecurity, she said.West Darfur also shelters many of the 2 million people displaced by the Darfur region’s civil war and militia violence. Another 200,000 Sudanese have fled to Chad. read more

US stock indexes shuffle between small gains and losses Still on track

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stock indexes are little changed in midday trading on Wall Street, leaving the market on track to post a big gain for October.U.S. company earnings were a mixed bag Thursday.Avon Products, Kraft Foods and MetLife fell after their profits missed Wall Street’s forecasts. Time Warner Cable and Expedia rose after beating expectations.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 14 points, less than 0.1 per cent, at 15,603 as of noon Eastern time.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose less than a point 1,763. The Nasdaq composite was up six points at 3,937.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.56 per cent from 2.54 per cent.The S&P 500 is on track to have its best month since at least July. It’s up nearly 5 per cent for October. US stock indexes shuffle between small gains and losses; Still on track for big October gain AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2013 9:59 am MDT read more

Terrorist Iranian regime must be checked Saudi Foreign Minister urges financial pressure

Although he had planned to speak about Saudi Arabia’s ongoing economic development and reforms and other issues, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf said that unfortunately, the “reprehensible attacks” against the Kingdom’s oil facilities less than two weeks ago demanded attention and a unified international response. He said that the firing of 25 cruise missiles and drones that nearly cut oil production in Saudi Arabia by half was “a flagrant violation of international laws and regulations”, as well as “an attack on international peace and security and a significant threat to oil supplies”. “We invited UN and international experts to pin down the perpetrator,” he said, claiming that “whoever stood behind these attacks is also responsible for other assaults on commercial tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the Abha Airport and the Shaybah oil field.” He maintained that the perpetrator “is a vile and cowardly regime, which hides behind its affiliated militias” that views his State and its people “only as a battlefield to achieve its subversive agenda”. The Foreign Minister said, “we have known that regime for 40 years” and that it has carried out terrorist acts inside Saudi Arabia, in Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and Europe. But the latest attacks and aggression “have exposed the Iranian regime before the entire world”, he stated, calling it “a rogue and terrorist system that continues to threaten international peace and security”.  As such, he saw the attacks as “a real test of the international community’s will”, upholding that the UN and “the entire world” faces a moral responsibility to take a unified position, or an unknown future would befall the region, international peace, energy supplies and the world economy. “The reality is that this bloodthirsty regime is no longer menacing the peoples of the region only, it is doing so to the whole world”, he stressed. Activities outside the Kingdom Mr. Al-Assaf suggested the Assembly look into other crimes committed by Iran, such as in Syria where it claimed more than half a million lives.  “The Iranian regime participated in killing the Syrian people, either directly or through its proxies and support for militias like the terrorist Hezbollah”, he said. Moreover, the Foreign Minister blamed Iran for disrupting a political solution in Yemen by “threatening maritime shipping lanes and blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid”. Asserting that “this rogue regime” used revenue from the nuclear agreement known as the JCPOA to finance its aggression and terrorist activities, he advised the international community to cut off its finance sources as “the best way to compel the regime to renounce its militias, prevent it from developing ballistic missiles and put an end to its destabilizing activities in the region and the world”. read more

Hunt is on for Harry Kane £5 notes that could be worth

The artist is yet to spend the Northern Ireland note. He told the BBC: “I like the magical feeling of it and just want people to be as excited as I am.”It’s just a bit of fun, but it also puts my art beyond the walls of a gallery. My art sells for a lot of money now and it’s really out of reach for most people.”But if they find this and sell it and make a lot of money, I’ll be really pleased with that.” With an incredibly steady hand, Mr Short’s tiny pieces of art have earned him a huge reputation among art fans. The six Harry Kane notes Graham Short etching the portrait of Harry KaneCredit:SWNS But Manpreet Kaur, who owns the shop, failed to spot it told the BBC: “You don’t think. Someone will give you a note and then another customer comes in and needs a five pounds note. That’s why I missed it.”The first note was spent in Meriden, a village between Coventry and Solihull that is roughly in the geographical centre of England.Mr Short said: “(It’s) only a few miles from the M40 and M42, and so that note could travel in any direction.”Now I’ve just been to Edinburgh and spent one in the Elephant House in Edinburgh, the coffee shop where JK Rowling first went as a young mum and started writing about Harry Potter. I just liked the magical feeling of that.” He was behind commemorative Jane Austen notes and the project prompted a frenzied searching of wallets and purses after they were valued at £50,000 each.The hope is that the Harry Kane special editions will fetch a similar price. A portrait of the Queen on the eye of a needle sold for more than £100,000, while his modification of four new fivers in December 2016 is thought to have increased their value by a factor of 10,000. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Graham Short etching the portrait of Harry Kane The six Harry Kane notes Three £5 notes engraved with a portrait of Harry Kane have been released into circulation – and anyone who manages to get their hands on one could cash it in for £50,000.Graham Short, an artist based in Birmingham, created six notes featuring the England captain’s face to celebrate the six goals scored by the striker to win the Golden Boot at the World Cup. One was given to Kane himself, one to the FA – and the remaining four spent by the “micro-engraver” in each of the countries that make up the United Kingdom. Mr Short headed to the birthplace of his father – Merthyr Tydfil in Wales – in the hope that it would change the life of its finder. But it has already passed through at least two pairs of hands in the town without anyone realising it was a special edition.  He said: “The Welsh note, I went to Merthyr Tydfil, the former mining town where my father was born. It’s not a wealthy area and I’m hoping that this note could help to change the life of someone in that area who finds it.”Mr Short spent the note in the Bal Off Licence, and said he hoped someone could find it, sell it and be able to spend the money on a holiday or Christmas.  Graham Short at The Elephant House Graham Short at The Elephant HouseCredit:THH Gallery read more

NMA applauds Murkowski Bill to unlock US mineral potential

first_imgThe following statement was released last week by National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn applauding the introduction of Senate Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) bill, the Mineral Security and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2015, to secure the nation’s mineral supply chain and reduce its growing dependence on imported minerals critical for manufacturing industries:“Senator Murkowski’s bill will modernise the permitting system for US mining to better position our country to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Simply, her bill will better prepare our country to meet the competitive challenges we face in strengthening future economic growth and the US manufacturing revival.“While few countries can rival our abundance of mineral resources, even fewer have a permitting system as inefficient as the US. Our antiquated and duplicative permitting process discourages investment and jeopardises the growth of downstream industries, related jobs and technological innovation that all depend on a secure and reliable mineral supply chain.“Our country’s dependence on mineral imports has doubled over the past 20 years. Today, less than half of the mineral needs of US manufacturing are met from domestically mined minerals. These trends will only worsen if we do not advance policies that enable US mining to perform to its potential.“America’s manufacturing CEOs have recognised that using our country’s minerals responsibly and efficiently is a national priority for strengthening our manufacturing base and the jobs it provides. Competing countries are acting boldly to secure use of these minerals. It is time our government acted accordingly.“Without compromising our rigorous environmental standards, this legislation helps reduce the inefficiencies of our underperforming permitting system by incorporating best practices for improving coordination among state and federal agencies and clarifying responsibilities – all necessary to bring accountability to the process. NMA urges support for American minerals and Sen. Murkowski’s far-sighted leglast_img read more

Exciting news expected

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian Multicultural Affairs Minister Nick Kotsiras has indicated that there are several “exciting” programs in the works with Greece. The minister, along with Premier Ted Baillieu officially met with the newly appointed Consul-General for Greece in Melbourne Eleni Lianidou, for the first time last week. “We spoke about many issues and many programs, which I won’t go into detail now, but hopefully there’ll be some exciting news to come,” Mr Kotsiras told Neos Kosmos. The Friday meeting at Treasury Place is understood to have been positive, and included discussions aimed at building stronger relations between the state of Victoria and Greece. “We can always build stronger relations with Greece: trade, commerce, culture. The one thing that Greece needs right now is tourism, so… if there’s some sort of campaign where we can both benefit, I think it will do us both some good,” Mr Kotsiras said. The minister also hinted at new education opportunities but declined to elaborate. Neos Kosmos understands that the two governments might also be looking at boosting community events, including festivals and sport. The Premier welcomed the visit by the Consul General and underscored the importance of the Greek community to Victoria’s social, cultural and political life. Mrs Lianidou said she was impressed with Melbourne’s vibrant multiculturalism.last_img read more

Local legislative candidates share ideas not insults at forum

first_imgTen candidates in five contested Clark County legislative races fielded questions on the economy, education, health care and transportation for nearly two hours Tuesday — and scarcely a snarky comment was heard.The forum, sponsored by the Neighborhood Association Council of Clark County and the Vancouver Neighborhood Alliance, was an oasis of civility and substantive discussion in what has become an angry, partisan campaign season. Not that the candidates agreed. They did not, especially on whether tolls and light rail should be part of the Columbia River Crossing. But they disagreed respectfully.Taking part in the forum at the Clark Public Utilities Community Room were 49th District candidates Bill Cismar, a Republican, Rep. Jim Jacks, a Democrat, Craig Riley, a Republican, and Rep. Jim Moeller, a Democrat.Also, 17th District candidates Republican Brian Peck and Democratic Rep. Tim Probst, and Democrat Monica Stonier and Republican Paul Harris. The 18th District candidates are Republican Ann Rivers and Democrat Dennis Kampe.last_img read more

Apple introduces iPadOS giving iPads their own operating system

first_img Apple introduces iPad OS Comments Tags See All In the past, the company used its iOS mobile operating system to power both the iPhone and iPad, which sometimes required compromises. Now, the iPhone will move to iOS 13, also announced today, while the iPad will get its own operating system, allowing it to more fully inhabit its nature as a tablet.  46 Photos Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? Amazon See It The event comes as software and services are taking on even greater importance for Apple. The company still sells millions of iPhones every quarter, but sales aren’t soaring like they used to. People are holding onto their devices for longer, which makes it important to give them services that get them paying monthly. Apple has made augmented reality, mobile payments, streaming music and other areas itno key focuses over the past couple of years.Read more: 6 new uses for your old iPadThe company last week said it has 20 million developers in its Apple developer Program, and it’s made more than $120 billion selling digital goods and services in App Store apps. Apple also touted the creation of over 1.5 million jobs in the US and over 1.57 million across Europe.See all of today’s Apple news.CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this story. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: WWDC 2019 Apple Event iPhone Update See it WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote WWDC 2019 Apple $249 Best Buy $249 See also 14 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Apple iPad To that end, iPadOS includes a new Home screen layout, enhanced multitasking features and new user interface gestures for cutting, copying, pasting and undoing actions. In addition to a number of new features that are also coming to iOS, including a system-wide dark mode and a new floating keyboard, iPadOS gives the company’s tablets a few exclusives: expanded Apple Pencil functionality, improved file management and a new version of Safari that will make for a more desktoplike Internet browsing experience. Prior to the start of today’s keynote, the company appeared to scoop itself, revealing the existence of iPadOS on its developer portal.Read more: Current-generation iPad 9.7 drops to $240WWDC is where Apple details its newest software and services that will arrive on devices later in the year. The company may be best known for its hardware, but the seamless integration of its hardware with its software is what sets Apple apart from rivals. Apple’s ability to control every aspect of its products — something that began when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976 — has been key in making it the most powerful company in tech. Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC • Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now $329 $249 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Tablets Operating Systems reading • iPadOS gives Apple’s tablets their own operating system 4:58 See It Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone CNET Apple has introduced iPadOS — a dedicated operating system for the iPad that brings a host of new capabilities to its tablet. Announced Monday at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, iPadOS strengthens the iPad’s productivity capabilities and nudges it closer to fulfilling its potential as a full-fledged laptop replacement. Apple will release the new operating system this fall as a free software update for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini (released earlier this year), all the iPad Pros, the 2017 iPad, the 2018 iPad and the iPad Mini 4.  iOS 13 iOS 12 iPadOS Applelast_img read more

5 Million

first_imgCalvin E. Tyler Jr. and wife, Tina Tyler, are donating $5 million dollars to Morgan State University. On the right is Dr. David Wilson, president of the university. Calvin E. Tyler Jr. is a West Baltimore native who was the first person in his family to attend college when he entered Morgan State University in 1961. Tyler dropped out due to financial difficulties in 1963 and went on to climb the ladder at UPS, becoming senior vice president of operations before retiring in 1998.last_img

Persona Beta 2—identiy bridging solution—released by Mozilla

first_img Over time as Internet use has grown by a worldwide user community, the problem of maintaining multiple user accounts on various sites has grown to the extent that companies have now started creating solutions to solve the problem. Facebook Connect, and Google+ Sign-In are two prime examples—both allow users to sign in to websites users their respective web e-mail account information. But, both come with a caveat—using their bridging solutions means granting the respective host interactive rights with the website the user is trying to access. This, representatives at Mozilla say, is not something that users want—especially egregious is that it also allows the hosting site to track user activity across the Internet. Persona, they say, does neither and thus is a better choice for users. ( —Mozilla has released the second beta of its “Persona” identity bridging solution—offering users the possibility of a single login (e-mail address) and password for all of the sites they visit, or so the company claims. © 2013 Explore further Citation: Persona Beta 2—identiy bridging solution—released by Mozilla (2013, April 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: … 04/09/persona-beta2/ … sers-ready-to-log-in SplashData’s annual list shows people still using easy-to-guess passwords This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The problem of multiple accounts has arisen as more websites have begun requiring users to log in to use their services. Such websites typically allow a user to pick a login name and password of their choosing and then use that information to track the user’s activity on their site. The problem comes in as users choose different login names or passwords for different sites and then have to remember them when it comes time to access the site. A better approach, bridging solution providers say, is for users to create a single account with a single source site, and then use that same login name and password to create user accounts on other web sites. In such cases, the norm is for the bridge service to use the web e-mail address as the login name. Thus, to log in to other websites that work with the bridge service, the user need only type in their e-mail address and the same password they use for that e-mail provider.In the case of Persona, Mozilla has forged a relationship with Yahoo—users can log into sites that support Persona using their regular Yahoo e-mail address and password. Mozilla reps outline all the security precautions they’ve put in place to ensure that hackers can’t access the stored e-mail addresses and passwords, but still don’t have an answer for users who want to know what happens if someone steals their password some other way and then finds that all of the websites they visit have been compromised en masse.last_img read more

Optical oracle could quickly solve complex computing problems

first_img(a) The optical oracle’s approach to solve the Hamiltonian path problem on a network with five nodes. An optical pulse is injected into the optical network and travels along all possible paths. A Hamiltonian path exists if a pulse returning to node 1 is observed after a delay equal to the total delay of the entire network. (b) Actual design of the optical oracle with optical fiber components. Credit: Wu, et al. ©2014 Nature The optical oracle relies on timing how long it takes a light pulse to travel through the network. As the researchers explain, a light path experiences a unique delay upon visiting each node. The delays are assigned to the nodes so that their sum can only be obtained by summing each node’s delay exactly once. When the experiment is run, if a light pulse traveling through the network is detected after this sum of delay times, it means a Hamiltonian path does indeed exist in the network; otherwise, a Hamiltonian path does not exist.Similar to other physics approaches, such as soap bubbles and DNA computing, the optical oracle’s ability to solve large NP-complete problems is limited by the requirement for scaling of the physical resources. For the optical oracle, solving the Hamiltonian path problem for a 30-node network would require a minimum fiber length of 100 km and a maximum of 200 km. These lengths are within the reach of current fiber technology, although they may require optical signal amplification. The researchers also noted that the optical oracle cannot solve the Hamiltonian path problem as quickly as probabilistic Monte Carlo algorithms. However, the solutions obtained by these algorithms involve a degree of uncertainty, while the optical oracle completely excludes false predictions.With the ability to solve NP-compete problems much faster than conventional computers, optical telecommunications networks may have a significant impact in applications such as secure communications, routing optimization, and optical data processing. More realistically, the strategy could be implemented on a silicon photonics platform with femtosecond lasers to allow for a more compact architecture. The researchers are also investigating how optical networks can be used to mimic the complexities of the human brain.”At the Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies, we are exploring several possibilities to use optical networks to perform non-Boolean data processing and mimic brain functionalities and signal protocols—we call this area ‘cognitive photonics,'” Soci said. “We are currently looking at nonlinear fiber networks and we are planning to extend this work to integrated photonic networks, which will eventually allow tackling problems of much greater size and complexity. The researchers, Kan Wu, et al., at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the University of Southampton in the UK, and IQFR-CSIC in Madrid, Spain, have published a paper on their proof-of-principle demonstration of an optical fiber network solving the Hamiltonian path problem. The paper is published in a recent issue of Light: Science & Application.”The optical oracle shows that using photonic networks as information carrier opens up unconventional ways to optical computing, in which traditional advantages of photonics like processing speed, bandwidth and parallelism, may be exploited in combination with highly reconfigurable materials and nanoscale systems to realize efficient and highly integrated solutions to difficult computational tasks,” coauthor Cesare Soci, Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, told the researchers explain, the Hamiltonian path problem is part of a class of famous complexity problems known as NP-complete problems. Although conventional computer algorithms can solve NP-complete problems like this one when they involve small numbers, the time it takes to solve them increases exponentially with the size of the problem. Despite many years of research, there is still no efficient way to solve NP-complete problems, and many researchers suspect that an efficient algorithm does not even exist. Researchers have also been investigating alternative approaches to conventional algorithms, such as the use of soap bubbles, protein folding, quantum computing, and DNA computing. So far, none of these approaches has made solving these problems any easier.In the new study, the researchers experimentally show that an optical fiber network can be used to solve the Hamiltonian path problem for five cities (or nodes). Although the problem is fairly easily solved with only five nodes, the researchers predict that the problem with 30 nodes could be solved approximately 375 times faster using the optical oracle than with a conventional computer. © 2014 All rights reserved. Explore further On the path to 1 terabit-per-second networkscenter_img Citation: ‘Optical oracle’ could quickly solve complex computing problems (2014, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —The optical fiber network that spans the globe consists of millions of miles of fibers that bring us our Internet, cable TV, and telephone services. Now researchers have shown that this global network offers an untapped computing potential due to its ability to act as an “optical oracle” that can solve the Hamiltonian path problem—determining whether a route exists between multiple towns so that each town is visited only once—hundreds of times faster than conventional computers. Although using the existing optical fiber network for computing would be unrealistic, the study shows that optical fibers could offer a powerful new computing platform in the future. More information: Kan Wu, et al. “An optical fiber network oracle for NP-complete problems.” Light: Science & Application. 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How Solís administration plans to turn one of Costa Ricas biggest slums

first_img Facebook Comments The negotiation skills of Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration were tested this week by protests on Tuesday in which hundreds of residents from several Costa Rican communities blocked main roads in three provinces for eight hours.The civic National Housing Forum organized the protest to call for the construction of more housing developments for the poor.Starting at 6 a.m., forum leaders representing 63 communities coordinated simultaneous roadblocks that caused several traffic jams, including on Route 27, which connects the capital with the Pacific province of Puntarenas. Other affected areas included the canton of Goicoechea, north of the capital, and the provinces of Heredia, Cartago and Limón.Another group of 60 protesters gathered at Casa Presidencial in the southeastern San José district of Zapote, where they blocked traffic and demanded to meet with President Solís. Officials responded by offering a meeting with Presidency Vice Minister Ana Gabriel Zúñiga, instead.Later, Casa Presidencial and Housing Ministry officials issued a press release highlighting “the administration’s determination to find solutions for these people.” The statement also noted that in the first three months since the administration took office, the ministry held 64 meetings with housing groups leaders, and from May 8 to Aug. 26, officials issued 2,804 housing subsidies for poor residents.“We have created sufficient opportunities for dialogue, to reach agreements, and the number of meetings we’ve held with groups and leaders across the country is proof enough,” Housing Minister Rosendo Pujol said. “We already have begun addressing those requests, and we’re eliminating barriers they [protesters] faced in past administrations when they applied for government assistance.”Administration officials say they have formed inter-agency commissions to seek housing solutions in several areas, including La Carpio, Triángulo de la Solidaridad and Finca Boschini in San José, Guararí in Heredia, Limón 2000 in the Caribbean, and Santa Marta in Puntarenas.“Through these commissions, the Housing Ministry has negotiated the relocation of families to new housing developments currently under construction in Upala in Alajuela, Matina and Guácimo in Limón, and Turrialba in Cartago,” Pujol said.No easy solutionSlum areas in San José represent a greater challenge, because most residents are reluctant to leave the capital in order to move to housing developments in rural areas.“We tried to find solutions in nearby areas to avoid difficulties, … but only a few families were willing to leave the Greater Metropolitan Area,” the minister said.Last month, residents of the southern San José canton of Desamparados grew hostile when a bus carrying residents from Triángulo de la Solidaridad – one of the capital’s biggest slums – arrived to inspect the area as a possible site for relocation.Local residents blocked the bus’ passage and gathered in front of their homes in a communal display of disapproval. They also filed complaints with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, and the Environment Ministry (MINAE), arguing that the area, known as Mt. Tablazo, is the source of six potable water sources for a large number of residents in Desamparados and the Cartago canton of El Guarco.Last Friday, MINAE’s Administrative Environmental Tribunal ordered the mayors of Desamparados and El Guarco to refrain from issuing construction permits in the area until MINAE could guarantee the protection of local aquifers.Housing Ministry project director Marian Pérez Gutiérrez denied the ministry’s involvement in the transfer of Triángulo de la Solidaridad residents to Desamparados, saying that an owner of one of the Mt. Tablazo farms acted “on his own initiative” in bringing the group to the area. The landowner then hoped to sell his property to the government, she said.Pérez told The Tico Times that ministry officials met with community leaders on Friday to reassure residents that the ministry is not considering the area for future housing projects. According to Housing Ministry data, approximately 525 families live in the Triángulo de la Solidaridad slum. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesResident relocation is complicated, but the situation in Triángulo de la Solidaridad is urgent. Located northwest of the capital between the cantons of Tibás and Goicoechea, Triángulo de la Solidaridad sits smack in the middle of the government’s project to expand the Circunvalación, a belt route bordering the capital’s central canton.The project, known as Circunvalación Norte, entails construction of a 4.1-kilometer stretch of road connecting the northern and western sectors of San José. About 525 families live in the slum, including a large number of Nicaraguan immigrants, according to Housing Ministry data. Those residents must be relocated if the project is to move forward.The Housing Ministry already has begun notifying a first group of 191 families that they must leave by Dec. 15 in order for the project to begin on schedule. Families will be relocated in small groups of no more than 10-15 families per location, an effort by ministry officials to avoid another Mt. Tablazo incident.On Wednesday, Pérez said officials are interviewing families to determine who is willing to relocate.“We have 161 houses ready for those interested in moving right now to Acosta [south of San José], Puntarenas, Los Chiles [northern Alajuela] and Turrialba. We will finish interviewing families next Friday to evaluate how many will be willing to move to these locations. For the others, we have funds from the Mixed Institute for Social Aid to pay rent for a few months in order to begin work as planned on the Circunvalación,” she said.Pujol defended his office’s work during the first three months, saying, “Projects that have been stalled for several years are now moving forward.” Because of that, he said Tuesday’s protests are unwarranted.“We agreed on a Dec. 15 deadline for these 191 families because many have children and need time to finish the school year. But all of these families will be relocated,” Pujol said.According to ministry officials, Triángulo de la Solidaridad will disappear, with remaining residents relocated in the next two years. That, said both Pujol and Pérez, will give the administration time to build new housing projects.And in addition to a new road, one of the country’s biggest slums will become a park with a forested area, housing officials promised. A rendering by the Public Works and Transport Ministry of bridges, a park and a recreational area to be built where Triángulo de la Solidaridad currently is located. (Plan render by MOPT) Related posts:Government postpones project to expand Circunvalación beltway Desamparados mayor confirms construction in protected area despite cease-and-desist orders Housing Ministry again postpones relocation of San José slum Middle-income families still struggle to buy a home in Costa Rica despite more lendinglast_img read more

Will Housing Policy Determine the Next President

first_img June 22, 2016 591 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Share 2016 Presidential Election Housing Policy loanDepot 2016-06-22 Seth Welborncenter_img The upcoming presidential election has not made much of the American population feel better, even when it comes to housing. In fact, Irvine, California-based loanDepot has found that one in five Americans will vote for a candidate based on his or her stance on housing and finance policies.Adding to that, nearly 36 percent of Americans think all presidential candidates are doing a bad job of articulating their housing and finance policies, and 35 percent would like to hear more from the candidates on these topics.The findings came out in a sobering report Wednesday, which showed that American citizens do indeed want housing policy to be a front-and-center issue in the race this November. Democrats in particular (56 percent) want to hear more about such policies, but so do 39 percent of Republicans and 29 percent of millennials.The top issue voters want to hear, according to the poll, is making homeownership more affordable for middle- and lower-income families. A full 37 percent of Americans and 64 percent of Democrats claimed that as the major issue. Thirty-two percent of Republicans and millennials agreed.Keeping interest rates low was another major interest among 34 percent of Americans overall, while 11 percent said that making credit more available to small business was an important consideration.“People across the nation told us they want to hear more from the presidential candidates about their housing and financial policies on issues like income, access to credit, interest rates and affordable housing,” said loanDepot Chairman and CEO Anthony Hsieh. “The candidate who does a good job in communicating their policies moving forward has an opportunity to influence millions of potential voters.”Most Americans, according to loanDepot, expect their financial situations to stay the same or get worse as a result of the upcoming presidential election. While 66 percent of likely voters don’t expect the election will impact their personal finances, 24 percent think they’ll be worse off financially. And of those who expect be worse off, 56 percent say the candidates have done a bad job of articulating their housing and financial policies.“The candidate who does a good job in communicating their policies moving forward has an opportunity to influence millions of potential voters.”Anthony Hsieh, Chairman and CEO, loanDepotOnly six percent of all voters expect to be better off as a result of the general November election.A key issue to watch, according to the survey, is what will happen with millennials, who now outnumber baby boomers as the nation’s largest living generation of consumers. The influence of this consumer set has been anticipated as a welcome boost to home sales, especially starter homes, but reality has yet to live up to the hope.While 38 percent of home loans closed by millennials in April 2016 were FHA loans, loanDepot’s survey revealed many are still discouraged about their incomes and the election’s impact on their access to credit. In fact, 36 percent of millennials say their primary financial concern is not making enough money, and 46 percent are concerned about how the elections will impact their ability to access credit. Two out of five said making homeownership more affordable to middle- and low-income Americans should be a priority for the next president’s first 100 days.“As more millennials enter the housing market, we expect to see a higher priority placed on better borrowing options for first-time homebuyers,” said Hsieh. “loanDepot is one of the five largest FHA lenders in the country and we remain focused on helping borrowers, including Millennials, access the credit they need to finance home purchases.” Will Housing Policy Determine the Next President?last_img read more